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The first semester will hit the ground running with learning heart rhythms. It would be beneficial (although not required) for you to have a basic understanding of what a heart rhythm is and the meaning of the different deflections prior to starting the first semester. In lab the first unit is learning to start an IV. This will require you to practice on classmates as well as have others practice on you.
One of the Paramedic Program's forte is that a large portion of the learning is hands-on skills. Students will be required to practice those skills with Madison Ambulance, Madison Memorial Hospital, several different EIRMC units, Idaho Falls Ambulance, Portneuf ER, Mountain View Hospital and others. Completing these clinicals is very time demanding and often will be completed overnight. Classes are designed to accommodate the schedule by having didactic learning Tuesdays and Thursdays and labs on Mondays and Wednesdays. This leaves Fridays open to help facilitate scheduling clinicals.
You will have the opportunity to render care to real patients in real situations. This is exciting but also is a large responsibility. You will be representing the BYU-Idaho Paramedic Program in all your clinicals and as such any act of dishonesty will result in being dismissed from the program.
This is a degree where "just getting by" is not good enough. The Paramedic Program requires a certain standard of competency in order to complete. The first semester there will be three benchmarks assessing your comprehensive learning of the material covered in class. You must pass two of the three benchmarks in order to continue in the program and degree. The second semester there will be two benchmarks given and you must pass one of the two. The third semester there will only be one benchmark given and it is required that you pass. It is imperative that you keep up on your studies throughout the whole program so that when you receive your paramedic degree and certificate you are ready to practice with a service.